Kenya straddles the centre of the Great Rift Valley, the vast prehistoric fissure that stretches from Jordan to Mozambique. From the North to the South of Kenya, the valley is lined with a series of freshwater and soda based volcanic lakes. Travelling from lake to lake is a journey through a world of contrasts: From papyrus fringed Naivasha with its abundance of birdlife, through Nakuru with its famous flamingo population, the steam geysers of Bogoria, the crocodiles and hippo of Baringo and North to the mighty Jade Sea of Turkana.
The wide fresh waters of Lake Naivasha attract a great range of wildlife from the surrounding hills. A boat trip on the lake will let you encounter local fisherman, countless hippos and over 400 species of birds …
Lake Nakuru National Park
Once famous for its flamingo population, Lake Nakuru hasn’t lost its lustre. It is a couple of hours away from Nairobi, making it a perfect destination for a one-day safari trip. The Rift Valley escarpment, the expansive lake and the surrounding vegetation, with patchy grassland form the landscape here. Expect seasonal waterfalls depending on the time of year. The river around the lake, hosts hippos, waterbucks, both black and white rhino, elands, impalas and plenty of birds. The forested area, near the designated camp site, is where to find lions – up in the trees.
This volcanic soda Lake is surrounded by boiling geothermal pools and steam jets, while its freshwater springs draw flamingos and plains game in great numbers …
Freshwater Lake Baringo, the traditional fishing ground of the Njemps tribe, is alive with hippos, crocodiles and a wealth of birdlife
The sun baked salt flats and volcanic springs of Magadi create a unique otherworldly atmosphere